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Jul 5, 2014 08:12 AM

Native Corn

It's that time of year again. Any sightings of native corn?

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  1. I usually don't see any *real* native corn until late July/early August...might start getting some from NJ soon though, if not already.

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    1. re: Science Chick

      yeah, unfortunately it's not that time of year again,yet, for native corn, and might be even later this year given the weather. Don't usually see tomatoes until early August, either. The ones that are at the markets now are hothouse. Nothing wrong with that! I saw some heirlooms today at Union square, Kimball Fruit, for $5 a pound. That's the usual price early in the season. Too expensive for me.

    2. None at the Brookline farmers market on Thursday. Because of the cold weather this spring, field crops seem to be running late this year.

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        1. I bought corn at Caleresso's in Reading today and asked where they were getting it from. They told me it came from Ga.

          And agree with the others, it will be awhile. My parents always told me it's only "knee high by the fourth of July". So I never expect it to be local for another 3 or 4 weeks.

          1. Much to my surprise, Stillman's FB page says that they had their first corn at today's markets.

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              1. re: Allstonian

                By following the early corn suggestions from UMass's Agricultural Extension service,


                and choosing early varieties local farmers have been able to bring in local sweet corn in early July most years. I wrote a newspaper column on it a couple of years ago.


                1. re: BostonZest

                  So that's how they do it. Bless you, Monsanto!

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Hey no problem. That's why I started researching it. I was wondering how it was done.

                    2. re: BostonZest

                      Great Info! Thanks for the article. I bookmarked it just in case I need to refer to it later.

                    3. re: Allstonian

                      Got a few ears of corn from Stillmans at the West Roxbury market today. I just had an ear and it's not very good. Some of the kernels still had a faint greenish tint and it definitely tasted like it should have stayed on the stalk longer. The rows of kernels had wide spaces between them, and I think they would have filled in had the kernels had a chance to get bigger.

                      1. re: catsmeow

                        Glad I passed when I saw they had it at City Hall on Monday. The ears all looked too skinny to me, but it was the end of the day and I just assumed all the good ones were gone.